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The Fallen Crown.

The Fallen Crown.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A.,



' THE crown is fallen from our head : woe unto us, that we

have sinned !
For this our heart is faint ; for these things our eyes

are dim.
Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the

foxes walk upon it.
Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever ; Thy throne from

generation to generation.
Wherefore dost Thou forget us for ever, and forsake

us so long t : me?
Turn Thou us unto Thee, O Lord, and we shall be

turned; renew our days as of old.

Lam. v. 1 6-21.
BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A.,



' THE crown is fallen from our head : woe unto us, that we

have sinned !
For this our heart is faint ; for these things our eyes

are dim.
Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the

foxes walk upon it.
Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever ; Thy throne from

generation to generation.
Wherefore dost Thou forget us for ever, and forsake

us so long t : me?
Turn Thou us unto Thee, O Lord, and we shall be

turned; renew our days as of old.

Lam. v. 1 6-21.

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THE FALLE CROW. BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A., ' THE crown is fallen from our head : woe unto us, that we have sinned ! For this our heart is faint ; for these things our eyes are dim. Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it. Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever ; Thy throne from generation to generation. Wherefore dost Thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long t : me? Turn Thou us unto Thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. Lam. v. 1 6-21. WHAT does a crown represent, whether in the case of a man or a nation ? It represents its highest grandeur and glory. By whatever steps you ascend, you can go no higher than the crown. • The crown of man was the exalted relation in which he stood to God. He was made in the image of God, and held companionship with the Holy One in Eden. He walked in innocence there, 46 WELL-SPRIGS OF LIFE.
 
with God as his friend. This was the exalted position he held. This was his crown. But the crown fell from off his head, and the Prophet tells us how : ' Woe unto us,' he says, ' that we have sinned.' Yes, it was sin that cast his crown to the ground. It was sin that brought all his ' woe ' upon him. It was sin that made ' the heart faint ' and ' the eyes dim.' ' By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin.' or was it sin that blighted him alone. It cast its blight, through him, upon nature. ' For creation was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who subjected the same in hope.' ' Thorns and briers shall it bring forth unto thee.' Do you need a living proof of it? Look at the far distant mountain of Zion. See what desolation reigns there ! The very foxes revel on its rained mounts and palaces. man, Israel, ' woe unto thee that thou hast sinned ; the crown is fallen from thy head.' The heart faints, the eye weeps, the soul is in agony, all because of sin. Is there any resting place for the wounded, broken spirit ? There is : ' Thou, Lord, re- mainest for ever ; Thy throne from generation to THE FALLE CROW. 47 generation.' The crown may have fallen from the head, fragments of broken sceptres strew our path, and the earthly throne he gone ; but Christ remains. othing can touch that Eock. He ' remaineth for ever ' the sinner's friend, the mourner's hope, the ' very present help ' in every trouble. Blessed be God for such a Saviour ! "What could we do
 
without Him? Header, trust Him. Every throne on earth will be dashed to pieces soon. Trust in none of them. ' He remaineth.' Look up, trust Him, and go forward. ' The Lord reigneth.' Meantime, what is to be our attitude ? One of prayer. ' Turn Thou us unto Thee, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.' There is the cause of all our failure and sorrow — we have wandered away from our God. ' Turn Thou us.' Man cannot turn himself. Only God can do it. It is a divine work from beginning to end. And it is not our God that has turned from us. o, it is all light and love there, a sun that never ceases to shine ! It is we who have turned from Him — our best and truest friend. This is the sin of sins. 48 WELL-SPRIGS OF LIFE. Still, 'we shall be turned.' If His good Spirit lay His hand on us, who or what shall hinder His work ? He can do it, He only can do it ; and ' we shall be turned.' And what will follow ? ' Our days will be renewed as of old.' Spring, with all its summer fruitfulness, will again burst upon us. Gladness and joy will spring up from the desolate heart, and God, ' even our own God, shall bless us.' Oh, days of- blessed renewal ! Lord, grant them now for each one of us here ! Grant them for our sin-stained, groaning world ! Come, King of kings, in all thy glory back again to us ! Then

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